There's electricity in the air all around us, formed as water vapor comes into contact with dust particles. For centuries scientists have dreamed of tapping into this source of power - and we finally might be able to do it.
It's been coined "hygroelectricity", which means "humidity electricity", and scientists are already in the early stages of developing devices to harness it. What is "it" exactly? "It" is electrically charged water droplets hanging in the atmosphere.
Apple's been slapped with many lawsuits for overheating products in the past, but over in Asia, iPhone owners are finding out the hard way that 95 per cent humidity isn't the best treatment for the temperature-uncomfortable phones.
We saw this yesterday at the suck-tacular C3 Expo here in New York and were pretty impressed. I'm sure the IT geeks out there already know all about this thing, but the EM 1 is an environmental sensor with its own Ethernet interface. You plug it into your network and it sense humidity and temperature as well as water…